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Windsor Twp. residents give mixed reviews on medical marijuana process center

Posted at 8:53 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 10:08:08-05

It promises to bring hundreds of jobs and opportunity.

People spoke out on Monday about a medical marijuana processing plant moving into their neighborhood.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker knocked on doors in Windsor Township to find out what they're saying about the impending employer.

The center known as Harvest Park is under construction on Creyts and Lansing roads in Windsor Township.

Harvest Park will be used to grow, process test and secure transporting for medical marijuana, according to the company's website.

“It has to be somewhere,” said resident Carl Ballard.

“It's a legal product. I don't care that it's here.”

The 130-acre location promises to bring up to 1,000 new jobs to Michigan's medical marijuana industry.

“If it brings jobs, that's fine by me,” said Joshua Shaw, who lives near the facility.

“If it makes the economy better and helps out, then I'm for it.”

But there are some residents who just don't want it near their home.

Charles Jonckheere and his wife, Bertha, have been living at the corner of Cornwall and Creyts Road for half a century.

The couple told FOX 47 they filed a petition to repeal the township's medical marijuana ordinance and put a stop to the development of Harvest Park but the petition failed to get support.

“I had tried to run a petition to get it stopped,” said Charles Jonckheere.

“But we couldn't get the signatures.”

Bertha Jonckheere says she has a lot of unanswered questions.

“What's gonna happen with our air?” she said. “We don't know the answers to these questions and we weren't given an opportunity to ask them.”

FOX 47 reached out to Harvest Park management to get more details about the project, but we’re still waiting for a call back.

Cryss Walker also spoke with the township supervisor but he said he did not want to do an interview.

FOX 47 will continue to follow the development.

We'll let you know when we have an update.